News Published 11 February 2011

Aung San Suu Kyi to guest-direct Brighton Festival

The Burmese democratic icon works with mixed media festival.

Rosanna Hall

Brighton Festival 2011 announces the courageous leader, human rights advocate and Nobel Peace Laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi as Guest Director of the 2011 Festival. A passionate fighter for Burmese human rights and democracy, the Brighton Festival presents a diverse and powerful programme centred round Aung San Suu Kyi’s plea; ‘Use your liberty to promote ours’

An inspiration to the arts community, Aung San Suu Kyi invites artists to respond to her ideas and create headline events which incorporate all genres of the programme. From new co-commissioned work by Turkish Artist Kutlug Ataman to highly anticipated site-specific piece, The New World Order, by theatre company Hydrocracker, the festival aims to celebrate themes of freedom of expression, liberty and resistance.

As a mixed arts festival, Brighton also welcomes BBC investigative journalist Peter Taylor, author of Talking to Terrorists and Izzeldin Abuelaish author of I Shall Not Hate along with debates regarding the future of Burma, for the books and debates programme. Other speakers for this section include Zoya Phan, Burmese refugee and activist with Burma Campaign and Robert Gordon, UK Ambassador to Burma.

A figurehead for creativity in the face of oppression, Aung San Suu Kyi states she is delighted that; ‘many people will come together in May to celebrate great art and experience the inner peace it brings. It is wonderful too to know that there is such support for the effort to bring democracy and freedom to Burma, for which the Burmese people have been diligently working for so long…please continue to use your liberty to promote ours’

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Rosanna Hall is a contributor to Exeunt Magazine

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